Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Baltimore Activist Alert - July 1-3, 2013

35] Support Bradley Manning – July 1

36] Human Rights on the Hill – July 1 - 5

37] Marc Steiner on WEAA – July 1 – July 5

38] Promote D.C. Statehood – through July 7

39] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – July 1

40] Anti-racism workshops – registration deadline is July 1

41] National Day of Action to Save Social Security – July 2

42] "The Israeli 'Nuclear Alert' of the Yom Kippur War of 1973: History and Lessons" -- July 2

43] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – July 2

44] No drone research at JHU – July 2

45] Tour de Peace – July 3


35] – Bradley Manning’s court martial continues on Mon., July 1 at 9:30 AM. Vigil for the Army whistleblower from 7 to 8:30 AM in front of the Fort Meade Main Gate, Reece Road and U.S. 175. Afterwards, consider going to the court martial (via the Visitor Control Center). Bradley is on trial after exposing war crimes in the Middle East and other government misconduct around the world. The outcome of the trial, which began on June 3, is expected in August. Email projectsafehaven@hotmail.com.

To get inside the court martial, drive to the Fort Meade Visitor Control Center at the Fort Meade Main Gate (all the other gates are for military ID holders only), Reece Road and U.S. 175. The multiple layers of security take time to navigate, and procedures often change from day to day. Each person will need a valid state or federal photo ID such as a driver’s license, state photo ID card, or passport. Foreign passports are accepted. Anyone driving on to Fort Meade will be required to submit their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and printed (not digital) proof of insurance. Your vehicle will be subject to search, and you may be required to cover over political bumper stickers on your vehicle. Consider walking on base if there are any questions at all regarding your vehicle and paperwork.

The proceedings will be held at the Magistrate Court, 4432 Llewellyn Ave, Fort Meade, MD 20755 (this is one mile from the Visitor Center). Electronic devices, including cell phones, computers, cameras, are not allowed in the courtroom, and should be left in your vehicle. There are no pre-registration requirements for the public to attend the proceedings. However, those wishing to attend as credentialed media should contact the US Army Military District of Washington Public Affairs Office at 202-685-4645.

36] – At the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law, the 12th annual Human Rights on the Hill course organized by Peace Action board member and University of Hawai’i professor Joshua Cooper goes from Mon., July 1 at 9 AM through Fri., July 5.. All sessions are free and open to the public at the UDC Law School, 4200 Connecticut Ave., Building 52, WDC 20008. See http://www.law.udc.edu/. The Van Ness/UDC Red Line Metro stop is the one to use.

On Mon., July 1 at 6:30 PM, Ralph Nader will discuss his book “Told you So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns” at Busboys and Poets, 14 & V Sts NW. Go to http://www.busboysandpoets.com/events/event/ralph-nader.

On Tues., July 2 at 3:30 PM. Kevin Martin, Peace Action, will give a talk: “Peace Action for Human Rights Realization.” On Thurs., July 4, there will be Educational Excursions of Empowerment as part of Human Rights on the Hill. The Big Book of Ralph Nader Columns presents a panoramic portrait of the problems confronting our society and provides examples of the many actions an organized citizenry could and should take to create a more just and environmentally sustainable world. Drawing on decades of experience, Nader's columns document the consequences of concentrated corporate power; threats to our food, water and air; the corrosive effect of commercialism on our children; the dismantling of worker rights; and the attacks on our civil rights and civil liberties. Nader also offers concrete suggestions to spark citizen action and achieve social change.

37] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 AM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at www.weaa.org. The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to steinershow@gmail.com. All shows are also available as podcasts at www.steinershow.org.

38] – Help Win D.C. Statehood – Volunteer for the D.C. Statehood Survey Campaign taking place at 6 PM through Sun., July 7 on the National Mall (get in touch for exact location). Become a volunteer in the Statehood Survey Campaign being organized by the Stand Up! for Democracy in DC Coalition, better known as “FREE DC.” You’ll ask visitors to DC about their views on Statehood and help dispel myths standing in the way of full citizenship for DC residents. To volunteer, contact Stand Up! at 202-232-2500 or StandUp_FreeDC@yahoo.com.

39] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence. There will be a meeting on Mon., July 1. The proposed agenda will include the visit to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Alexandria, the anti-drone action at the CIA, the July 4 demo against NSA spying, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Ed Snowden and Hiroshima-Nagasaki. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at verizon.net for directions.

40] –The Baltimore Racial Justice Action's 2013 Training Workshop is for white people who want to take a major step toward learning how to un-do racism. There is also a Training Workshop for Peoples of Color. The registration deadline is Mon., July 1. Email bmoreantiracist@gmail.com. Go to www.bmoreantiracist.org.

41] –On Tues., July 2 from noon to 1 PM, join a National Day of Action to Save Social Security: 'Human Chains against Chained CPI.' Get over to the Woodlawn Social Security Office, 6401 Security Blvd., The event is organized by Progressive Md., MD/DC Alliance for Retired Americans and the AFL-CIO.

Represent the broad base of Americans who demand protecting and enhancing retirement security, not dismantling Social Security as some members of Congress intend by pressing the Chained CPI benefit cut as part of a deal to reduce the deficit. But let’s be clear: Social Security has not contributed one dime to the deficit. The chained CPI is a cold, calculated benefit cut to all current and future retirees. Join us in taking a stand! Call 301-494-4998 or go to www.ProgressiveMaryland.org.

42] –On Tues., July 2 from 12:30 to 2 PM, Elbridge Colby, Center for Naval Analyses, will examine "The Israeli 'Nuclear Alert' of the Yom Kippur War of 1973: History and Lessons" at the National Defense University, 300 Fifth Ave., Lincoln Hall, Room 1105, Fort McNair, WDC. RSVP to Nima Gerami at Nima.Gerami@ndu.edu.

43] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th Street & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine. The next vigil is July 2 Call 215-426-0364.

44] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 34th & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil. The next vigil is July 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

45] – Join Cindy Sheehan, who is on the Tour de Peace for antiwar/pro-environment rally on Wed., July 3 at 9 AM: Meet at Arlington Cemetery Gate (Closest to Memorial Bridge) for a press conference. Ride bikes/March to White House, present demands at 11 AM. Go to http://www.tourdepeace.org/ or http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

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